Eco Friendly Wrapping This Christmas

Its that time of year again! I’m a Christmas lover and can’t fathom what it is that people don’t enjoy about eating lots and giving presents. The only thing that gets on my nerves is the amount of crap we end up throwing away. I won’t lecture you on rubbish plastic stocking fillers and gifts that are never going to get used, but one really simple way of having a greener Christmas is to choose your wrapping carefully.

Brown Paper

If you adore fancy paper in all its flock printed, foiled or glittery beauty, then I have bad news for you - none of it can be recycled. Only non-shiny paper will do and remember to peel off your sellotape. However the good news is that brown paper is equally beautiful (terribly en vogue at the moment) and completely recyclable - if you’re really clever then some of it has already been recycled, so double points for you.

Team yours with strong string (no sellotape necessary) and beads or buttons. Or cover with potato prints for a properly homemade affair.

The Hamper

Christmas hampers actually require almost no wrapping at all. Though we’re often told to heat shrink cellophane over them or tie up with plastic bows, there is really no need. Find a basket in your local charity shop and go to town with foliage to create a gorgeous festive look. Holly, spruce and cinnamon sticks are perfect for the traditionalists, whilst sage, bay leaves and rosemary also last well and smell fantastic.


This one is a more unusual idea and one that gets better the more people around you do it. Furoshiki is the Japanese art of wrapping presents in fabric. If cost effectiveness is what it’s all about for you, then using scraps of fabric that you already have looks cute and doesn’t cost a penny - let’s face it, if you’ve had it hanging around for more than a year and still haven’t turned it into a quilt, then chances are you never will.

If, unlike me, you aren’t a fabric hoarder, then using squares of beautifully patterned old clothes also looks great. The rise of the beeswax cloth also means it’s much easier to get your hands on. Beeswax cloth can be used in the place of clingfilm, so wrapping presents in it means you’re giving people a two for one. What could be better?